What’s So Funny About Social Media and Online Marketing? April 2012

April 23, 2012

Let’s face it; lots of people consider spending one’s days with online games, tinkering in PhotoShop, “working” in Facebook, and using words like “viral” and “targeting” in decidedly non-lethal ways a funny way to make a living. Why not laugh with `em?

Find sh*t marketing people say, cross-dressing Linux developers, the stages of Twitter addiction, still more priceless demotivational posters, an online tool for generating business jargon phrases, Russian unicorns, things puppets hate about Facebook, the funniest tweets of last year and more in this collection of amusing, creative and offbeat market and social media stuff.

Sh*t People Say (Various Sources)

Starting early last year, a raft of sh*t various sorts of people say videos hit YouTube, some going viral, some less so. The flood continues, though the more recent additions to the genre are becoming progressively more arcane (e.g., Sh*t No Adult with ADHD Says). Here are a few of the best technology / marketing related creations. Funny even if you’re not seeing them for the first time.

Sh*t Web Designers Say

Sh*t Graphic Designers Say

Sh*t Silicon Valley Says

David Pogue: Be There, or Be Cher! | CrossOver Impersonator launching at MacWorld! by CodeWeavers

How do you get the world’s attention if you’re a scrappy little Linux-realm software company with a bit of creativity (and some really smart coders) but no cash? Well, you could try producing an outrageous cross-dressing-themed video, but that’s risky–it could definitely go wrong. Or, it could go spectacularly right, as this effort did from CodeWeavers founders Jeremy White and Jon Parshall.

10 Incredible Interactive YouTube Videos by Mashable Business

“Like a 21st century version of the choose-your-own-adventure books, interactive YouTube videos can up the engagement factor by letting the viewer decide the course of the action, or just play around with the content,” writes Amy-Mae Elliott , who then shares “10 top interactive YouTube experiences, from both businesses and individuals, that incorporate gameplay, quizzes and just plain old fashioned entertainment.”

Social Media Saves Valentine’s Day by Socialnomics

A cute little video from the brilliant Erik Qualman about a guy who uses social media perhaps too well on Valentine’s Day.

The 46 stages of Twitter Usage by Chris Voss Show

Funny and true progression of common Twitter reaction beginning with ridicule and ending in addiction.

De-Motivational Posters for Freelancers by FreelanceSwitch

Isolation - Demotivational PostersFor those days when you wonder, “Was I crazy to leave to leave the corporate world?,” this priceless collection of demotivational posters will remind you that yes, you were. And are.

Video Case Study Parody by Jack: A Blog About Experience Brands

The pink pony birthday party video case study parody. Parents will get this.

Twitter Gets the Ken Burns Treatment From Funny or Die (Video) by All Things D

Funny or Die goes Ken Burns on the history of Twitter. Hilarious, mostly safe for work (a few cuss words), and it’s endorsed by Perez Hilton.

Twitter Celebrates its 5th Anniversary from Ray Wise

Clever QR Code Example: The World Park by Firebelly Social Media Marketing Blog

Not funny, but very creative video showing “a clever use of QR codes. The World Park campaign turned New York City’s Central Park into an interactive board game.” As blogger Chad Richard advises, “You have to see it for yourself.”

Business Jargon Generator by Growth Science

Anyone can write clearly. The challenge is to be able to appear profound even when you have no clue. This handly tool will help. For example, “If you’re not sure what to call your next PowerPoint slide deck you might use ‘Experiential Paradigm Convergence.’  Nobody will know what it means – and that’s the point!…Want your boss to think you’re forward-looking? Ask why nobody’s been prioritizing ‘Proactive Competence Alignment.’  If your boss asks what that means, say it’s to ensure ‘Global Impact Integration.'” Try it yourself!

The Lighter Side of SEO: People Search for the Darndest Things by Inkling Media

Ken Mueller shares some of the odder search phrases that visitors have used to find his website, based on Google analytics data. Among the unexpected phrases that have driven search traffic for Ken: “random things Mennonites can’t do,” “shiny comphy shoes” and “wooden pegs for marketing.” Hmm.

Not Google+: The First Antisocial Network [PARODY VIDEO] by Mashable

Do you have too many social networks to manage already? Does the world really need another one? The guys from College Humor provide their answer here.

“Russian Unicorn” — a bad lip reading of Michael Bublé by BadLipReading

Okay, it’s not marketing-related, but this video take-off on “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” is extraordinarily well done. And funny. Not to be missed.

The Best Of “Google+ VS Facebook” Videos by @NewCommBiz

Benjamin Beck pulls together four of the best videos about the battle between Google+ and Facebook. It may be a deadly serious fight for Google and Facebook, but no reason the rest of us can’t laugh about it.

10 Things Puppets Hate About Facebook by Burgers By Phone

People sharing pictures of what they just ate, cartoon cows as gifts, getting tagged in pictures where you look terrible, and seven other reasons that puppets (and many non-puppets) hate Facebook.

The 50 funniest tweets of 2011 by HappyPlace

A fantastic (for the most part, other than the questionable political tweets) collection of some of funniest tweets of the past year, among them, from @Starlett17: “I hate when old people poke me at weddings, point and whisper ‘You’re next!’ So I’ve started doing the same thing to them at funerals.”

The 10 Best Commercials of 2011 by AdWeek

Tim Nudd presents ten of the best, if not the best, TV ads from last season. Fortunately the list was compiled before the Clint Eastwood ad from this year’s Super Bowl, which while interestingly crafted, seemed like it should have been either promoting Ford (Gran Torino) or the Republican party.

Honest Logos by Viktor Hertz

Spoof Game Company Logo by Viktor HertzAn interesting collection of “honest logos, revealing the actual content of the company, what they really should be called. Some are cheap, some might be a bit funny, some will maybe be brilliant.”

9 campaigns that won with humor by iMedia Connection

Jim Nichols like the use of humor in these campaigns. The quality is uneven, but the collection includes a few clear hits, like the Tom Hanks video in which “Reality TV’s biggest train wreck was beautifully spoofed.”

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3 Responses

  1. For most of the history of world, people would look at anyone sitting in front of a computer as idiotic. We’re not ready for this and do some amazingly stupid things


  2. Tom 

    Agreed Warren, and thanks for stopping by. That’s why one of the most effective “social media platforms” is still a happy hour.

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